Welders in Pennsylvania perform a job that has the potential to be very dangerous. However, proper safety equipment and procedures can significantly lower their chances of being injured on the job. Although frequent safety checks can sometimes seem tedious, they could help to prevent property damage, injury and even a large explosion.

When welders begin work for the day, they may be entering a new environment or working in a spot they are familiar with. Either way, thorough checks should be done for loose objects, vapors and other hazards before turning on a flame. When working around pipes and tanks, a welder should be particularly cautious about the potential for the tanks to contain flammable liquids or gases.

Some environments pose inherent risks for welders, so these workers should always be mindful of the potential for a combustible infrastructure. Walls, roofs and floors should be checked to ensure that they are not made from flammable materials. While welding outside, things like dry leaves, grass and shrubbery can be dangerous because they may catch fire very easily. Welders should always have fire safety equipment on hand along with first aid supplies and personal safety equipment.

A welder who is injured on the job may be to file a workers’ compensation claim for medical benefits and wage replacement benefits. In some cases, it is also appropriate for injured workers to file third-party claims against property owners or other non-employer parties that were negligent. An attorney may be able to help a worker who was injured on a welding job to pursue an appropriate amount of compensation for work-related injuries.